School buses in Melbourne and regional centres

In Melbourne, and many regional centres, route bus services also provide a means of travel for students to and from school. These services are available for eligible students at concession fares.

Cities with fare-paying school buses

The main cities with fare-paying school bus services are:

  • Melbourne metropolitan area
  • Geelong
  • Warrnambool
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Shepparton
  • Mildura
  • Portland
  • Horsham
  • Wodonga
  • Latrobe Valley (Moe, Morwell, Traralgon)

Many smaller towns also have a fare paying service for local students. Please check with your local bus operator for details.

Concession fares

School children in Victoria can access discounted, concession fares for travel on all bus, train and tram services by obtaining a Victorian Public Transport Student Concession Card.

Conveyance allowances

Assistance with school transport is also available through the Conveyance Allowance, which is administered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au. Students who are eligible for the Conveyance Allowance will have their fares refunded for travel on public transport services (train or bus).

To be eligible for the Conveyance Allowance, students must either attend the nearest government school or the nearest appropriate denominational non-government school. In both cases, students must live at least 4.8 kilometres from the school.

For eligible students who travel by private car, a school-owned bus or privately contracted (charter) bus services, a range of allowances based upon the distance travelled is available.

Arrangements for children with special needs

Many buses in the Melbourne and regional bus fleet are low-floor and wheelchair-accessible. If a student requires an accessible bus to travel to and from school, please contact your local bus operator. For more information on contact details, see Bus operators.